[Though schools and universities are returning to in-person learning, the Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference will once again be virtual this year in order to continue precautions against the various strains of COVID-19. ]

While collective interest in the future of the environment grows, it’s crucial to acknowledge those communities that are most immediately impacted by climate change and environmental injustices.

In order to address those concerns, the theme for this year’s conference is “Intersections of Diversity, Equity, and Environmental Justice & Sustainability”. Both, the leaders and products of New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning will share how they are using innovative approaches to build sustainable futures for their campus, communities, and beyond.

Please join the discussion online to engage with experts, gain insight, and learn best practice strategies for increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability.

Hear Presidents of 3 colleges and universities- Kean, St. Peter’s and Mercer County

Hear Kean President-Lamont Repollet, Ed.D who served as NJ’s education commissioner since 2018.

Hear St. Peter’s President Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D. NJ’s longest serving college president.

Hear Mercer College President Jianping Wang, Wang, a native Chinese, holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master’s degree in English Literature.

Hear Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq., currently the director of the Center for the Urban Environment of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University and has defined the primary mission of the Center as providing support for the environmental justice (EJ) community on both a state and national level.  Among the issues he is working on are particulate matter air pollution, climate change, cumulative impacts, developing EJ legal strategies and increasing the capacity of the EJ community to address these and other issues. Sheats is a founding member of the NJ EJ Alliance, the EJ Leadership Forum on Climate Change, the EJ and Science Initiative, and an informal EJ attorneys group.

Sheats has been appointed to several federal and state advisory councils including the EPA’s National EJ Advisory Council, the EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and the New Jersey Clean Air Council. He also served as a co-author of the public health chapter of the National Climate Assessment. Early in his career he practiced law as a public interest attorney. During that time Sheats served as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (the local Court), as a landlord-tenant and housing attorney at Camden Regional Legal Services, as a public defender in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and as a legal instructor at a community legal education and college preparatory program in Harlem. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University and a Master in Public Policy, law degree and Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University.

Hear Tobias A. Fox, Founder and Managing Director

Tobias Fox is the Founder and Managing Director of the community-driven, nonprofit organization Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. Aside from being a writer and having ten years of independent publishing experience, Fox is a Professional Organizer, Urban Farmer, Photographer, and Coordinator of an annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference. He conducts various community events, presentations, and workshops on sustainable living practices and has assisted numerous urban farmers and gardeners with the cultivation of their agricultural space. Fox has earned many accolades for his work.

College, University & Non-Profit Sponsorship Levels

Diversity Ambassador: $2000
Unlimited registrations
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Diversity Champion: $1000
50 free registrations
Conference Closing Remarks
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Diversity Ally: $750
40 free registrations
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Diversity Partner: $350
25 free registrations
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Diversity Supporter: $195
10 free registrations
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Registration Fees: General Admission $49; Student Admission $20 (with student I.D.)

If you are using a purchase order and/or would like to pay by check, please send it to:

American Conference on Diversity, 100 Walnut Ave., Ste. 3, Clark, NJ 07066

Committee Campus Representatives

Contact the Committee representatives for your institution to register under their sponsorship.

Berkeley College
Dallas Reed

Kean University
Catricia Shaw

Montclair State University
Qiana Mitchell Watson

New Jersey City University
Jennifer Jones

Rutgers Douglas
Eileen Poiani

Saint Peter’s University
Crescenzo Fonzo

Seton Hall University
Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett


St. Elizabeth University
Mayelin Torres

Stockton University
Valerie Hayes

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